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I am a geochemist interested in how the Earth's continents form and evolve.  I study both igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and use a variety of geochemical tools, such as major and trace element abundances, U-Th-Pb geochronology, radiogenic isotope tracers (Sr, Nd, Pb, Hf), and non-traditional stable isotope systems (Mo, Fe, U, Tl).  Some of the questions that interest me are:

At UMass Lowell, we now have a quadrupole ICP-MS, laser ablation unit, and ICP-OES in the Core Research Facilities.  My primary use will be trace element measurement in solid and acid digested geologic samples and in situ U-Th-Pb dating of minerals such as zircon, monazite, and rutile.  However, these tools have wide applications in other fields such as chemistry, engineering, and biology so we welcome collaborations.  ICP-MS is an extremely flexible method and is capable of measuring the abundances of most elements on the periodic table. 


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